An internship is a form of study combining field work with academic activities. It allows a student to augment classroom learning by working in a business organization.
By completing suitable academic work under the direction of the intern coordinator and a professional sponsor, students may earn three hours of academic credit by enrolling in JOUR 597. In order to be approved to enroll in this class you must complete and submit a contract, along with your resume, proof of job offer, and job description, to the career services manager.
Contract required may be downloaded here.
Prerequisites for a For-Credit Internship
Ideally, a student applying for an internship for academic credit (JOUR 597) will be a junior or senior who has completed the following courses, depending upon their major.
Must have completed two of the following three classes: JOUR 220 (Account Planning: Mining Insights), JOUR 416 (Creative Strategy) and JOUR 421 (Media Planning).
Must have completed JOUR 361
Must have completed either JOUR 362 (Editing) or JOUR 361 (Reporting)
Must have completed JOUR 291 (Writing for Mass Communications), the appropriate principles course, and one SJMC course in the internship's subject/professional area.
Must have completed JOUR 436 (Public Relations Writing) and JOUR 332 (Mass Communications Research).
Must have completed JOUR 346 (Graphics for Visual Communications).
Course Requirements of a For-Credit Internship
• Work at least 140 hours at the organization where the student is interning.
• Provide evidence of professional work in the field of study to the intern coordinator.
• Attend required meetings during the term with other interns and the intern coordinator.
• Complete a written report based on an interview with the intern sponsor.
• Turn in the following assignments as scheduled in the course syllabus:
- Daily journal entries from your internship.
- Mid-point progress report to be completed by both the intern and the sponsor.
- An employer final evaluation, to be completed by the sponsor, discussed with the intern in a private meeting, and submitted electronically.
- A student evaluation, to be completed by the student and submitted electronically.
- Present a final slide to the JOUR 597 class at the end of your internship to share your experience.